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Wild Heritage (1958)

Passed | | Western | August 1958 (USA)
Two westward-bound families join forces to battle gunslingers.


Charles F. Haas (as Charles Haas)


Paul King (screenplay), Joseph Stone (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Will Rogers Jr. ... Judge Copeland
Maureen O'Sullivan ... Emma Breslin
Rod McKuen ... Dirk Breslin
Casey Tibbs Casey Tibbs ... Rusty - Trail Boss
Judi Meredith ... Callie Bascomb (as Judy Meredith)
Troy Donahue ... Jesse Bascomb
George Winslow ... Talbot Breslin
Gigi Perreau ... 'Missouri' Breslin
Gary Gray ... Hugh Adam David Breslin
Jeanette Nolan ... Ma (Janet) Bascomb
Paul Birch ... Jacob 'Jake' Breslin
John Beradino ... Arn - Rustler
Phil Harvey ... Jud - Rustler
Lawrence Dobkin ... Josh Burrage
Stephen Ellsworth Stephen Ellsworth ... Bolivar Bascomb


The Breslins (Jake, Emma, three boys, and nubile daughter) cross the plains in a covered wagon, then pause in a lawless western town where Jake is shot by gunslingers Arn and Jud. But folksy Judge Copeland persuades them to go on. At Break Wagon Hill, their wagon does the obvious and they homestead on the spot. We follow their trials and joys and those of neighbors, the Bascombs. Finally, violence reappears in the form of a pair of rustlers...our old friends Arn and Jud. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Release Date:

August 1958 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Judge Copeland: [to the rustlers] You better ride. I won't be responsible if you don't.
Jud (Rustler): Hang on, listen to that tenderfoot lawyer man. You won't be responsible for what? Holding back these sodbusters?
Judge Copeland: Fort Laramie isn't that far away.
Arn, (Rustler): No soldiers are interested in judging me. They got Indians to fight. This is a country for men. A man carries a gun, he better be ready to use it.
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Abide With Me
Music and lyrics by Henry F. Lyte (1947)
Sung by Maureen O'Sullivan, Rod McKuen, Gary Gray, Gigi Perreau and George Winslow at a campfire after the funeral of their husband and father.
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Helping each other was essential for survival, a nice western.
23 August 2009 | by tmwestSee all my reviews

Most westerns deal with conflict between people, and this one also does, but mainly it shows how the settlers had to help each other. The Breslin family goes west in a wagon and as soon as they stop in a small town, Jake the father, is cowardly killed in a saloon fight. The mother (Maureen O' Sulivan) is in a hard situation, but Judge Copeland (Will Rogers Jr.) will give her advice and her sons and daughter will become more mature, and in one way or another make up for the loss of the father. They get to meet the Bascombs, another family on a covered wagon, where Mother Breslin will became friendly with Mother Bascomb, but the Bascomb boy ,Troy Donahue will fight the Breslin youths, joined by his sister. Eventually the Breslins meet cowboys with a herd and become friendly, but then the rustlers show up. An entertaining and positive film, gives a different approach to the western genre.

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